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Massachusetts State Parks COVID - 19 Update 

In an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Baker-Polito Administration is urging the public to stay home as much as possible to avoid person-to-person contact. However, should individuals and their families need to get outside for healthy, outdoor recreational activities, including walking, hiking, jogging, and bike riding, Massachusetts state parks and other natural resources managed by DCR remain open and accessible to the public.

Find a Park 

In an effort to maintain access to outdoor recreation while mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, this page offers helpful resources for understanding social distancing rules and etiquette at Massachusetts State Parks. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Massachusetts State Parks are experiencing higher than average usage. To help guide you in choosing a park to visit, please see the Find a DCR Park Map below. This map will be updated regularly as parking restrictions and recommendations change.

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Fall Foliage Season in the Parks

Leaf Peeping season starts around October 1st and peak color often coincides with Columbus Day.

The parks come alive with color

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Norwottuck Rail Trail, Northampton

Whether you prefer scenic drives to view summit vistas, peaceful walks against colorful foliage backdrops, or bike rides amongst falling leaves, find it all in Massachusetts state parks.

Visit the Massachusetts Fall Foliage webpage​ for more information.

Mt. Sugarloaf State Reservation

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Mt. Sugarloaf offers a commanding view of the Connecticut River, the Pioneer Valley, and the Pelham and Berkshire Hills.

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Quabbin Reservior

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The New Salem and Enfield lookouts offer magnificent views of the reservoir.

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October Mountain State Forest

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The name of "October Mountain" is attributed to writer Herman Melville, whose view from his home in Pittsfield of these hills in fall impressed him so.

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Appalachian Trail

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The Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts provides a broad array of hiking opportunities for both the long-distance or day hiker.

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Norwottuck Rail Trail

 

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The Norwottock Rail Trail is an 11 mile path linking Northampton, Hadley, and Amherst along the former Boston & Main Railroad right-of-way.

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Maudslay State Park

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Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

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The rail trail offers outstanding views of scenery and abundant wildlife.

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Pope John Paul II Park Reservation

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Visit Massachusetts State Parks 

Ready to explore the great outdoors? Check out Massachusetts state parks.

Department of Conservation and Recreation Permits 

You can get short-term and long-term permits to do a variety of activities in state parks.

DCR Public Meetings Information 

Find out about DCR public meetings

DCR Projects 

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